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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Black Lizard Books (July 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887390420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887390425
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,768,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tensely plotted, forecfully written, and extraordinarily effective." --The New York Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
To give credit where credit is due this was another recommendation from Gorman's "The Big Book of Noir" and it was right on point. As Gorman says about Marlowe "his best stuff just explodes every thirty pages or so".
Here's an exciting litle excerpt-the protaginost Drake ("the man with nobody's face")is in a motel room with Lucille who-as it turns out-gets her jollies by seducing men and then watching as her boyfriend barges in on them and beats the ... out of the man that Lucille just seduced. Drake, being a tough and smart guy, figures this out and ends up suckering Lucille's boyfriend into breaking into an empty motel room-he leaves frustrated and now Drake has Lucille all to himself."Now what are you going to do?", Lucille asks Drake.To quote the book:"I'll show you," I said. It was four in the morning before we left there. Fifty percent of us had enjoyed it."
What can I say-great book that they just don't make like this anymore.
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By A Customer on Dec 1 2000
Format: Paperback
A career bank robber becomes a detective in order to investigate the disappearance of his partner after a job goes awry. This book is dark, gritty and full of suspense. The book is really well written and has a strong plot. There are many twists and exciting characters. Although the book is a little hard to find it's worth the read. It's the first book in a series of 12. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
At The Hard End Of Hard-Boiled Feb. 16 2002
By POP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
To give credit where credit is due this was another recommendation from Gorman's "The Big Book of Noir" and it was right on point. As Gorman says about Marlowe "his best stuff just explodes every thirty pages or so".
Here's an exciting litle excerpt-the protaginost Drake ("the man with nobody's face")is in a motel room with Lucille who-as it turns out-gets her jollies by seducing men and then watching as her boyfriend barges in on them and beats the ... out of the man that Lucille just seduced. Drake, being a tough and smart guy, figures this out and ends up suckering Lucille's boyfriend into breaking into an empty motel room-he leaves frustrated and now Drake has Lucille all to himself."Now what are you going to do?", Lucille asks Drake.To quote the book:"I'll show you," I said. It was four in the morning before we left there. Fifty percent of us had enjoyed it."
What can I say-great book that they just don't make like this anymore.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Name of the Game is Death Dec 1 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A career bank robber becomes a detective in order to investigate the disappearance of his partner after a job goes awry. This book is dark, gritty and full of suspense. The book is really well written and has a strong plot. There are many twists and exciting characters. Although the book is a little hard to find it's worth the read. It's the first book in a series of 12. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
sock on the jaw, sap to the head Dec 27 2007
By D. Sturm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I thought I knew from hard-boiled until I ran into this nasty little gem. It's a cliche, but they simply do not write 'em like this anymore. The level of ruthlessness has you almost shaking your head in wonder. Yet our "hero" does have rules and we come to respect them. By the last page my jaw was so clenched my teeth hurt and I wished I could hand the guy a gun and see what happens next.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Hard Core and Hard Boiled Oct. 15 2013
By Ronin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Not long ago I was rummaging through a box of old paperback novels from my college years and came across "Operation Whiplash", a `tense, blood-pounding tale of mayhem, murder, and the mafia' featuring as its main character Drake -The Man with Nobody's Face. Re-reading it after all these years, I found it mildly interesting in the sense that it was clearly an effort by one of the `second string' authors from the Fawcett Gold Medal stable in the 60s and the 70s - the writers that you fell back on when you'd already read all of the Travis McGee novels by John D. MacDonald or the Parker novels by Donald Westlake. Even so, I found myself tracking down the two novels that set up the initial premise behind those later, weaker "Operation this or that' novels - The Name of the Game is Death and then the follow-up novel, One Endless Hour. And, as other reviewers have pointed out, those two books stand out as being among the better hard-boiled noir efforts of that period. Which is not to say that the early works (much less the later ones) are polished gems. Marlowe has an annoying tic of using `upon' when most people would favor `on'. And his descriptions can get pretty clunky and would have benefitted from the scrutiny of a good editor. "It oozed out of every ounce of her without her realizing it that she just couldn't wait to drag down into the dust the nose of this loud-mouthed braggart who had abused her." Too, Marlowe had a tacky tendency to recycle into new books whole chapters from a previous book, often relying on the thinnest of subterfuges for padding his word count - e.g. "I dreamed about how I got my new face". Despite that, the first two novels in this series are well worth checking out for at least two reasons. The first is that the story lines are strong and are a good reflection of the earlier noir sensibility of the movies that had first established the genre. The second is that the early novels do a better job of bringing the flawed characters to life and reflecting the social attitudes of an era. In terms of the heister who would go on to become "Drake, the Man with Nobody's Face" Marlowe humanizes him by including a scene where he experiences - apparently a pretty common thing for him - a bout of erectile dysfunction. In terms of the heister's love interest, Marlowe doesn't glamorize her too much but feels free to throw in details about her 'solid' figure and gold front teeth. And, in terms of the society where those flawed individuals live and love, the gold-toothed love interest can ask - after she tries to seduce the heister and he fails to rise to the occasion - whether he's `some kind of queer'. Drinks are served at a rich man's house by "a colored boy". And in One Endless Hour a developmentally delayed teen-age girl is routinely referred to as `the idiot'. Everyone smokes constantly and the women all have luxuriant pubic bushes. Ah, the 60s and 70s. So... bottom line is that The Name of the Game is Death and One Endless Hour garner strong recommendations, with the later, more generic and watered-down efforts in the "Operation..." series deserving a much lesser degree of praise.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A misplaced gem April 7 2012
By dotdawtdought - Published on Amazon.com
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This novel is one of the best from a vaguely forgotten author previously out of print. In the vein of the famous Parker series written by Donald Westlake, the main character is a tough as galvanized steel outlaw who plans his steps thoroughly, a consummate professional with lethal aim. But you can't plan for every contingency. Chance has a hand in every endeavor.

This is made apparent in the opening of THE NAME OF THE GAME IS DEATH. Right out of the gate, this novel puts the pedal to the metal and ratchets up the tension, dropping the reader in the dead center of a bank heist. We follow in first person a man who dons the new name Chet Arnold and goes looking for his partner, who seems to have run into a bit of trouble. Chet has few alliances in this world, having disowned the straight and narrow life and nearly everything that comes with it, but even a man of steel can have a soft spot for friends and pets. When a few friends are all you've got in this world, a good ally, human or otherwise, is indispensable... So when someone gets between him and his partner, Chet gets to dispensing deliberate and calculated carnage to the deserving parties, indifferently stepping over the freshest casualty so he can get to making the next.

What makes the story grip and hold is, while Chet Arnold is a hardened criminal, many of his cold decisions are made in favor of defending his closest companions, making his revenge feel justified in a twisted manner. The book is tightly plotted, moving fast from one excitement to the next, making for one wild ride. There's also a follow up to this novel that you can find on Amazon for the Kindle, ONE ENDLESS HOUR. If you enjoy The Name of the Game is Death and would like to know what comes next for our far-from-hero, you should check it out One Endless Hour

There has been a substantial resurgence of interest in Dan Marlowe's work recently, in part because of an article featured in issue three of FATALE, Ed Brubaker's recent comic series. The same author of that article, Charles Kelly, wrote a column titled "The Wrong Marlowe" for the L.A. Times detailing many interesting facts about Marlowe's life and writing career. Kelly mentions that Marlowe had a real life "FBI's most wanted" criminal as consultant on many of his novels, lending credence to the real feel of his characters and scenarios.

Charles Kelly has a biography about Dan Marlowe coming out this summer. GUNSHOTS IN ANOTHER ROOM: THE FORGOTTEN LIFE OF DAN J. MARLOWE is due out June of 2012. Marlowe's life is a worthy story all on its own, so I'll definitely be grabbing this one when I can get my grubby paws on it.


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